While the Music Lasts

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Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
While he's still best known as the Grammy-winning tunesmith behind Norah Jones's breakthrough hit "Don't Know Why," Jesse Harris has been quietly establishing himself as a performer with a voice worth hearing. Jones drops in as she did on Harris's last studio disc, The Secret Sun to add backing vocals to four songs, notably the ambling, Steely Dan–styled "I Wish I Was a Bird." Perhaps purposefully, she doesn't cast all that looming a shadow, allowing Harris's disarming personality to shine through -- as it does on easygoing tunes like "Forever Nowhere," an acoustic ditty redolent of early Paul Simon. Harris departs from his established style more often here, most ...
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Barnes & Noble - David Sprague
While he's still best known as the Grammy-winning tunesmith behind Norah Jones's breakthrough hit "Don't Know Why," Jesse Harris has been quietly establishing himself as a performer with a voice worth hearing. Jones drops in as she did on Harris's last studio disc, The Secret Sun to add backing vocals to four songs, notably the ambling, Steely Dan–styled "I Wish I Was a Bird." Perhaps purposefully, she doesn't cast all that looming a shadow, allowing Harris's disarming personality to shine through -- as it does on easygoing tunes like "Forever Nowhere," an acoustic ditty redolent of early Paul Simon. Harris departs from his established style more often here, most notably on the minimal, jazzy "I Never Changed My Mind," which glides along on some subtle Wes Montgomery–styled guitar work courtesy of Bill Frisell, and the album-closing "One Day the Dam Will Break," an interesting hybrid of neo-reggae and bluesy harmony vocals. The latter is one of a passel of songs that feature arrangements by Van Dyke Parks, who also imbues "Gone Gone Gone" with a cinematic moodiness underscored by woozy strings and hand percussion. Parks steps to the other side of the glass for "Mirror Ball," which garners a heady cabaret feel from his accordion playing. Parks makes a fine foil for Harris's subtle songcraft and helps insure that -- as per the title of this affable disc -- the music will last a good long time.
All Music Guide - Matt Collar
Guitarist Jesse Harris' sophomore solo effort, While the Music Lasts, finds him deviating little from the thoughtful country-jazz style of his first record. Once again featuring the laid-back distorted lead guitar of Tony Scherr, the album is awash in ballads, Latin numbers, and soft rock that fans of Harris have grown accustomed to. While Harris' sensitive-guy persona, dippy lyrics, and slight voice may not appeal to everybody, the music of his band, the Ferdinandos, is tastefully rootsy and marginally edgy, and dresses up Harris' blander qualities nicely. Fans of vocalist and Harris compadre Norah Jones may be slightly disappointed that she only appears here on some background vocals, nice as they are. On the upside, Harris has brought in the big soft-focus guns of fellow guitarist Bill Frisell, who fits perfectly into the twang-jazz vibe on his two tracks. Similarly interesting are Van Dyke Parks' string arrangements peppered throughout the album.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/13/2004
  • Label: Verve
  • UPC: 602498619308
  • Catalog Number: 000219302
  • Sales rank: 97,745

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Wild Eyes
  2. 2 Wish I Was a Bird - Norah Jones
  3. 3 I Never Changed My Mind
  4. 4 More
  5. 5 I Have No Idea
  6. 6 While the Music Lasts - Norah Jones
  7. 7 Gone Gone Gone
  8. 8 Forever Nowhere
  9. 9 Burn
  10. 10 Always Seem to Get Things Wrong
  11. 11 Mirror Ball - Norah Jones
  12. 12 Don't Need That
  13. 13 Open Your Eyes
  14. 14 One Day the Dam Will Break - Norah Jones & Norah Jones
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jesse Harris Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Vocals
Van Dyke Parks Accordion
Mark Dresser Bass, Group Member
Terry Manning Background Vocals
Bill Frisell Electric Guitar
Dan Rieser Percussion, Drums
Marcus Rojas Tuba
Tony Scherr Electric Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals
Soldier String Quartet Strings
David Soldier Leader, Group Member
Doug Wieselman Clarinet
Kenny Wollesen Drums, Marimbas
Robba Jost French Horn
Mauro Refosco Pandeiro
Rob Burger Piano, farfisa organ, Pump Organ, Lap Steel Guitar, Prepared Piano
David Robinson Baritone Saxophone
Steven Bernstein Cornet
Ariane Lallemand Cello, Group Member
Norah Jones Background Vocals
Robert Di Pietro Triangle
Meg Okura Violin, Group Member
Tim Luntzel Bass
Mary Auldon Clark Viola, Group Member
Guyora Kats Wurlitzer
Lara Lynne Hickes Viola, Group Member
Ron Lawrence Viola, Group Member
Technical Credits
Van Dyke Parks String Arrangements
Terry Manning Engineer
Gene Paul Mastering
Tony Scherr Producer, Horn Arrangements
Jesse Harris Composer, Producer
Steven Bernstein Horn Arrangements
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